Dental Emergencies

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Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing your child’s tooth

  • Knocked out tooth – Keep the knocked out tooth moist at all times. Hold the tooth by the crown, and if the tooth is dirty, rinse the root in water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. The tooth must not be left outside the mouth to dry. If possible, gently insert and hood the tooth in its socket. If it cannot be replaced in the socket, put it is one of the following:

Bring the patient (and don’t forget the tooth!) to the dental office as soon as possible – ideally, within 15 minutes. However, it may be possible to save the tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for an hour or more. Baby teeth that have been knocked out typically are not replaced, because of the potential damage to the developing permanent teeth.